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Volunteers needed for 2021 AcaDec Regionals

For the second year in a row, Cibola High School is hosting the Academic Decathlon Region III competition Feb. 5-6, 2021. Judges are needed for multiple portions of the event.

Community members and teachers who are available to help judge essays, speeches or interviews, please complete the following form:  

Judges are needed for the Essay, Speech, and Interview competitions, which will be conducted virtually via Zoom.

Winners in the regional competition, featuring 11 schools from Yuma and Tucson, advance to the state-level competition, which takes place in March.

The United States Academic Decathlon’s curriculum is an interdisciplinary curriculum in which a selected theme is integrated across six different subject areas: art, economics, literature, music, science, and social science. Students also study mathematics and participate in essay-writing, speech and interview events. The 2019-2020 Curriculum Theme is “The Cold War.”

According to Arizona’s Academic Decathlon website, the Academic Decathlon program was started in California in 1968 by the Orange County Academic Decathlon Association, in cooperation with the Orange County Superintendent of School’s office. The Arizona Academic Decathlon Association (AADA) was formed in 1985 from the Pima County Academic Decathlon Association, which was started the previous year by the Pima County School Superintendent. Arizona held its first statewide competition in 1985.

Their mission is to promote, motivate and acknowledge excellence in academic efforts and educational achievement through a program of academic competitions for high school students of all scholastic achievement levels. As the name indicates, students compete in ten areas: art, economics, essay, interview, literature, mathematics, music, science, social science, & speech.

Cibola’s Academic Decathlon team placed 13th in the state in 2020 and 10th in 2019, marking the first top 10 finish by any YUHSD school in more than a decade. Two YUHSD students won gold medals in 2020, including Yuma High’s Cassandra Chavez Lopez for speech and Gila Ridge High School’s David Zaragoza for honors interview.

Eric Patten